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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Stratocasters / What's the Best Strat You've Ever Owned?

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Jay Bones

Kelleys Island, Ohio

Oct 12th, 2015 11:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

This one, my first electric and only Fender Stratocaster.

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(This message was last edited by Jay Bones at 01:02 AM, Oct 13th, 2015)



Oct 28th, 2015 12:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

"What's The Best Strat You've Ever Owned?"

For those of us with GAS...which is most of us...

The next new Strat!


West of Boston

Just workin' part time.
Oct 29th, 2015 04:37 AM   Edit   Profile  

My third Strat ever, a 2004 50th. Had it only a few weeks. Was advertised as used, but still had the plastic on the pickguard. No wear at all. Had exactly what I wanted in a Strat: maple board, ash body, two point trem, and was set up almost perfectly, at a really good price. Being mainly a Tele player, I could never find a Strat that I could bond with, until this one. The main failing I find with most Strats is the bridge pup. The Tele just has more presence than the Strat. If only Fender could put a real Tele pup in the bridge.

Modal Magic
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MBJ, Highway Hound.

You Can't Bend It Aussie!
Oct 30th, 2015 05:57 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a 50th American Series Strat too. Awesome guitar in every respect. The tone is super duper. I was fortunate to stumble across a second hand one in awesome condition at a great price, something that I thought would never happen.



Oct 30th, 2015 08:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

I own the 60th Anniversary American Strat and it's a great guitar. Lightweight, Great neck with compound radius, Great pickups, contoured heel.

Definitely one of my favorite Strats.

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Back in the old

Nov 29th, 2015 04:57 PM   Edit   Profile  

A lot of strats have come and gone over the years -- but my all-time favorite is an unlikely candidate -- a vintage modified Squier 70's strat in black with tinted maple neck.

Light weight sounds great.


Sierra Vista, AZ

Dec 6th, 2015 10:28 AM   Edit   Profile  

Best Strat I have owned/played is the one I just put together yesterday with a Clapton neck, EJ body, and loaded with a set of the Fender Pure VIntage Anniversary 1954 pickups. It weighs under 7lbs, it's simply incredible.


Hawaii, USA

Perfect is the enemy of good enough
Jun 16th, 2017 06:46 PM   Edit   Profile  

Since I posted my initial responses, I've had my '95 AMSTD completely renovated neck wise. That was my main issue, no good set up, a hard fighter, and chipping the poly like crazy until it all came off. Disgusted, I was about to sell it when I thought WTH, might as well get a 21yr old guitar redone, which I did.

It is now the easiest player of my two, the tint is perfect on the neck and the jumbo frets are really effortless to play. So it shares the "best strat" category with my MiM...It sounds pretty great too.

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Ch'town, PEI, Canada

He said he was a wit. He was half right.
Jul 3rd, 2017 08:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

This one.After many builds and permutations, I've settled on my perfect Strat. Warmoth hard tail body, MIM neck, vintage tuners. Pups are Lace Sensor Hot Golds (6K). The wiring harness is custom built and will give me all thirty-five possible combinations of three pickups. The bridge pups are wired as a single unit.

My #1

(This message was last edited by henrycat at 10:06 PM, Jul 3rd, 2017)

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Jul 5th, 2017 08:13 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'm late to this thread.

It would be the one I built. Total Warmoth build. Fender Fat '50s and I tapped a few of the low poles up to level out the poles a bit.

Light alder body finished with tung oil. '50s neck carve, 1.75" wide nut, maple neck also finished with tung oil. Frets are the gold-colored alloy Warmoth uses. They are harder than standard frets but not as hard a SS.

The whole guitar is about 8lbs 8oz, IIRC. Plays really well. Has the Strat tones I love. I'm not a Strat guy but this one floats my boat as much a a Strat could. :-)

Warmoth Strat

Shlock the monster


Jul 5th, 2017 08:49 AM   Edit   Profile  

my best Strat is a frankenstein guitar. A neck from a Chinese "Starcaster by Fender" strat with a body from a Starfire Ibanez from the 1990ies. I put on neck position a Japanese boutique P94 ("De Young") pickup, on the mniddle a no name Japanese strat pickup from the 1970ies ("Rocky") and on the bridge an old Di Marzio HB from the 1970ies.
This guitar blew my mind though I didn'T play it for a long time now. It rots in a corner. May be I restring it and start again!

Te 52

Laws of Physics

strictly enforced
Jul 5th, 2017 10:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

"...The wiring harness is custom built and will give me all thirty-five possible combinations of three pickups..."

Technical point: When you take into account all possible variations and combinations of series, parallel and phase, there are 47 ways to wire three pickups.

Which is not to take anything away from your exceptional and cleanly-executed Strat.



Ike Turner is my guitar hero!
Jul 8th, 2017 02:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

My white (Now Palomino-Colored) Eric Johnson Stratocaster is EASILY the best Strat I have ever owned.....and I have owned more than a few!

In my personal opinion, the Eric Johnson Strat is THE BEST Value in the entire Fender Line-up, hands-down.

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Vancouver, Wa.

Jul 8th, 2017 11:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've whittled it down from 21 guitars to one Strat. and one Tele..
I painstakingly made the decision to keep my 2011 closet classic pro. I find the resonance of the pine body is like none of my other Strats, I can literally feel every note vibrate through the body to mine The master design pickups are very articulate and allow every note to stand out no matter how much dirt I dial up. The C shape neck is a nice fit for my hands. I like the copper color, it's understated and not too flashy, sort of like me. This is by no means the most expensive Stratocaster I have owned, but I consider it to be the best.

Te 52

Laws of Physics

strictly enforced
Jul 10th, 2017 10:33 AM   Edit   Profile  

"What's the Best Strat You've Ever Owned?"

Easy, this one (link).

Of course, it's also the only one I've ever owned ;-)


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Santee CA

Poser extraordinaire
Jul 10th, 2017 11:27 AM   Edit   Profile  

^ By definition then it's also the worst Strat that you've ever owned. :)

I'll bet it's a good one.


California, USA

8 Fenders...and counting...
Jul 16th, 2017 09:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have 4, but my '56 Reissue is by far my favorite. Practically plays itself, and sounds so incredible with the NOS stuff. She's in whitewash white ash.

56 Reissue



Jul 17th, 2017 06:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have 3 different Strat my favorite is an American Vintage 70s Reissue. It's pretty amazing has an excellent tone and is the same model Hendrix used in Woodstock. Nonetheless I have a Brazilian Fender with fat50 in neck and Tex Mex on bridge n medium and believe me it's awesome too, very wonderful sound even with this a little crazy setup.


Hawaii, USA

Perfect is the enemy of good enough
Sep 27th, 2017 06:49 PM   Edit   Profile  

For a while, my 07 MiM was my favorite due to ease of play. It still plays great, but has had a bone nut added and a proper professional set up that changed things up a bit, but in a good way. I think we sometimes play our guitars in ignorance of set up, nut, strings etc. and are just happy with it until someone professional lays hands on it. They we realize what we've missed.

My 95 AMSTD had it's woes for years, but it too got repaired and had a bone nut added and it somehow lost it's fight and now plays just as well. I guess both are the best because they are the only one's I've owned and play extensively.

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South Florida

Sep 28th, 2017 10:10 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have an '05 Rosewood neck tobacco burst AmStd and have always been happy with it.

Recently I bought a '16 MIM Surf Green Maple neck and it's just as smooth sounding for half the price.

I got a double case so I could bring both to gigs and have one a half or whole step down.

I think I'm done with my Strat purchases.

I have evolved in my setup over the years. I used to have the pickups high so I got a fairly bright tone. But now pickups a bit lower which I think gives it a better and more dynamic tone.

Also I've gotten away from the dives and the floating bridge is down almost flat with just a tiny bit of play.

Also I've gone back and forth on string gauge. I started out with 9's and then went to 11s. But I've pretty much settled on 10s "Bullets".

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